Mental Health, Autism & Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Courts

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c. What does it mean to have speech, language and communication needs? - Film Clip

People with speech, language and communication needs may experience a number of difficulties. For example, they may find it hard to: 

  • express themselves through speaking, writing or non-verbal communication
  • understand spoken or written words
  • understand body language, facial expressions and other ordinary social cues
  • listen to what is being said directly to them or around them
  • remember information they have been given
  • express their feelings and emotions in an appropriate way
  • interact with others in socially acceptable ways
  • sequence events
  • think clearly. 

Film clip 6 (02:20 mins)

Two speech and language therapists talk about communication and communication difficulties.

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